Book arts, hand lettering, sketching, workshops

Book arts, hand lettering, sketching, workshops

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

How many colors are in a Prang watercolor set? Many more than the actual set! This palette has 7 colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, and brown). The eighth color is black which I rarely use but for these charts I mixed one of the seven colors with only a touch of black.

First make a chart of all the colors in the palette. Then make a card for each of the colors. Example: RED - each successive color on the red card is created by mixing equal parts of red with equal parts of the combining color.

I usually laminate the cards and make a small folio for them. This is a great way to acquaint yourself with color mixing and subtly learn to tune in to the colors around you. I use 90 lb.watercolor paper, either Arche Text Wove or Fabriano. They have a smooth side which works well for showing the color swatches and they are thin enough for laminating.

Try making color charts with any of your palettes. I've made several over the years - for gouache, acrylics, and any new palette combinations I start to use. Winsor Newton brand are my favorite watercolors but there are many equally lightfast and strong pigmented brands on the market.

Here are a few of the color charts from the Prang set.








Portfolio covers of previous color charts



Sunday, October 4, 2015



With thanks to Jim Kennedy, nature photographer.


Monday, August 31, 2015








Yesterday I joined the Boulder Urban Sketchers at Chautauqua Park for few hours of sketching.  I enjoy being around other sketchers, the camaraderie and learning how we see, what captures our interest, and how we each approach the page. It helps me to open up and try new things. 

Visit the Facebook page and join us in late September. The date, time and place will be posted on the FB page, Boulder Urban Sketchers.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Two Popular Workshops for Fall!


26 Letters - Creative Variations

Saturday, September 19th, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
at Two Hands Paperie, Boulder, Colorado

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Pocketed Memo Book Class

Sunday, November 8th, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm
at Two Hands Paperie, Boulder, Colorado 








Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015










 Bottom photo - After fifty practice sheets I'm starting to understand the shapes and rhythms of Copperplate. There is a lot to learn! Deck Plants, above, is the most current attempt. I spent the last two months working with Copperplate - practice sheets, sending cards and quotes, decorating envelopes to friends.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015